Education access still skew, says report
Youth without tertiary education are most unlikely to be absorbed into the job market, report shows
More South Africans are getting educated but fewer are being absorbed into the job market, especially those who do not have tertiary qualifications, says statistician-general Pali Lehohla in the Educational Enrolment and Achievement 2016 report.The youth are the worst affected group in terms of unemployment, according to the report, which gives an overview of how policy shapes education outcomes. It was also found that education in SA mirrors the socioeconomic status of the country’s population groups.The number of people who completed grade 12 increased 211% from 3.7-million in 1996 to 11.6-million in 2016. However, unemployment rates among those who had completed matric remained high at 38.6%.School dropouts were the most likely to be unemployed.The report also highlighted SA’s urban and rural divide, with youth in metros such as Johannesburg, Buffalo City and Cape Town having a high likelihood of being well educated.In January, the IMF flagged SA’s skills mix as inadequate for it...